Getting your children to go to bed can be difficult, but with the simple help of creating bedtime rituals, your children will be able to go to sleep easily and bedtime will become a relaxing experience, rather than an argumentative one. Bedtime rituals are held in high regard for many parents and although they may not consciously realize that they are making them, every child has their own set of tasks that they complete before they fall asleep. Below are some tips that you can use to create your own set of bedtime rituals for your children.
Tip 1: Creating Rules for Bedtimes
It is important to be consistent about what time you want them to go to bed. With the use of a signaling device such as a whistle or a nice reminder, you will be able to tell your child that it is time for them to begin their ritual before bed. This also helps to condition their body to know that it’s time to sleep.
Tip 2: Setting Aside the Time
Ensuring that you have scheduled a sufficient amount of time for your child’s bedtime ritual makes sure that they are prepared for when they are to fall asleep. It is equally important to be consistent with the start time of their bed time ritual. Consider scheduling between 20 and 30 minutes for the entire ritual to be completed.
Tip 3: Having Conversation
Have you ever encountered a situation where you have been unable to fall asleep because you have too much on your mind? Having a conversation with your children before bed helps to make sure that their mind is clear of all worries and stressors that could affect their sleep. This also helps you to know whether your child is doing well in school and their social life.
Tip 4: Understanding Separation
Although you may be tempted to bring your child into bed with you for comfort (especially if they are younger), it is important for both you and them to understand that there is supposed to be separation before bed time. If you notice that your child becomes particularly upset when they are preparing themselves for bed, give them a transitional object such as a special blanket or a sweater that Dad or Mom likes to wear so that they feel comfortable when they go to sleep. This will help them to feel secure as they fall asleep.